January 1945, Paris is liberated. Christiane, an eccentric and acutely myopic Parisian waits at Gare Du Nord for a ticket to England to be reunited with her fiancé. Whilst she waits, this gloriously irrepressible Mademoiselle recounts the extraordinary story of her love affair with Cyril, a tongue-tied teacher from Staffordshire. From a chance encounter at Cheadle tennis club, their story takes us on to cosmopolitan 1930s Paris before war interrupts their unlikely romance. A fond, comical tender, comical and ultimately poignant portrait of one woman’s experience of love and war.

In 2002, Caroline’s French grandmother, Christiane, moved into sheltered housing. Amongst a lifetime of clutter, Caroline found a shoebox containing wartime letters. She has pieced together this story from Christiane’s letters and from their conversations about her youth, her love affair with Cyril Horton and her memories of occupied France.

Press / Awards

Outstanding Achievement, Olivier Award Nominee 2013
Best Solo Performer, The Stage Awards 2010
Nominee, Holden Street Theatre Award 2010
Best Solo Performer Nominee, Adelaide Fringe Award 2011
“Walking back to my rented flat after witnessing Caroline Horton’s one-woman tour de force, a funny thing happened – I started sobbing with what I can only describe as pure joy.”
What's On Stage
(You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy)
“…gathers in both charm and emotional engagement until even a hardened hack may be on the brink of tears. Horton may not be hearing a “Who?” for very long”
Financial Times
(You're Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy)
Time Out
The Advertiser, South Australia
Sunday Mail, South Australia
Evening Standard
Music OMH

Original Creative Team

  • Writer and Performer | Caroline Horton
  • Co-directors | Omar Elerian and Daniel Goldman
  • Dramaturg / Assistant Director | Clare Betney
  • Lighting Designer | Ben Pacey
  • Producer | China Plate

Commissioned by China Plate / Warwick Arts Centre / mac birmingham